Beauty Blog

My Time with LipSense

Recently I was contacted by the daughter of a friend who I went to school with. She kindly asked me if I was interested in trying a brand of cosmetics called LipSense by SeneGence, in particular a 3-piece lip set. Too be honest, I have seen this brand all over social media and wondered if it was a bit too gimmicky. Lip color and gloss that lasts all day? Come on, we all remember the dreadful Revlon Colorstay lip products that were the first of their kind and started a revolution. But being the makeup addict that I am, of course I said yes!

I met with Abigail, who explained the proper procedure for applying the product. I chose the gorgeous shade called Napa, a kind of berry color that I wanted for spring and summer but is definitely wearable all year long. The kit comes with the lip color, lip gloss and the Oops Remover. Starting at the top of your lips and keeping your mouth completely wide open, apply 3 coats of the lip color to clean, dry lips. Let each coat dry completely before applying the next. I should have paid extra attention to that because on my first try, I closed my mouth too early and my lips stuck together. Nothing major, but I learned my lesson, lol! After the third coat dries, apply the gloss. The following are my honest thoughts. I did receive this as a gift, but all opinions are my own and 100% unbiased.

So I kinda cheated after I got home from my meeting with Abigail. I already had my face on for the day, but I decided to apply the Napa on my hand. The same way it was explained to me. Just a little circle of it with some gloss. That circle never budged through hand washing, dishes and laundry, sleeping and holding a baby. I know hands and lips are entirely different body parts, but I was impressed! It lasted two days before I removed it! This beauty blogger will go to extremes to review a product for you 🙂

The next day I tried it on my lips for the first time. I should have done two things differently, but it had nothing to do with the product, just my first time using it. As I already mentioned, I needed to keep my mouth open wider and the entire time, as it did get sticky on me. I also should have moved quicker, as it dried faster than I anticipated. I was so concerned with getting it even that I let it get “patchy” in some places. But I applied the other two coats, then the gloss and went on with my day. To say I was impressed is an understatement. I ate, drank, talked, kissed nieces, nephews, and cats and it never moved. In the 10+ hours I wore it that first day I think I put the gloss on two or three times. The color never transferred from my lips onto the lip gloss applicator, which I thought was amazing.

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Napa the perfect shade for Summer!

I’ve used Napa about four more times since then and, now that I know how to properly apply it, I absolutely love it! Abigail told me that I might experience a slight tingling sensation, but if you’ve used any Buxom, GlamGlow, or Too Faced Lip Injection products, this won’t bother you at all. It was a non-issue for me, but be aware that you may experience it. I’ve worn this color for anywhere from 8-13 hours a day and I’ve only had to reapply the gloss. I’ve gone for walks in the humid Western Pennsylvania weather, taken naps and just lived my life and it still stays beautiful. You most certainly need the Oops Remover to take it off. For research purposes I tried various makeup removers but it was a waste of time. Only trust the Oops!

The only negative thing I have to report about LipSense lip gloss is that I can’t wear it two days in a row.  Because of the alcohol content, it’s just too drying on my lips.  Otherwise, it’s a fabulous product that lives up to its promise!

SeneGence has more than just the 3-piece lip kit I was lucky enough to receive. They have an entire line of skin care and cosmetics. I cannot wait to try more of the line, especially the foundation and cream eye shadows. I’m up for any long lasting product. I definitely recommend LipSense! It is truly unlike any other lipstick, gloss, stain, or color product I have ever used. It may take you a few tries to get the hang of it and you may experience that tingling sensation, but you will never have to worry about your lip color disappearing on you. Just keep the gloss on you at all times. I forgot to mention there are different gloss formulations too! The 3-piece Lip Collection is $55 but all products can be bought separately.

Check out Abigail’s Facebook page “Abigail’s Alluring Lips” for pictures, testimonials, and special offers. You’ll get to see beautiful faces wearing the lip and other color products in the line. If you have any trouble finding her FB page, please contact me and I’ll get you in contact with her! She can help you with products, colors, or even if you are interested in becoming an Independent Distributor. Just tell her that Lisa aka “DarthLisa” sent you.

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Abigail Rieder

PS….I am not sponsored in any way by LipSence and do not receive any kickbacks, products or commissions. I’m just interested in seeing if this blog helps her out in any way!

Abigail Rieder, Independent Distributor for LipSense

Instagram @abigailsalluringlips

www.facebook.com/groups/abigailsalluringlips

 

 

Dark Side PSA: Be Nice to Your Beauty Advisor!

Some of the happiest, proudest, and most fulfilling moments in my life happened when I was a Beauty Advisor (hereafter to be referred to as BA) for Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancôme. Unfortunately, some of my most stressful, exasperating, and frustrating moments have also occurred during this time. If you would indulge me for a moment ….please be nice to your BA. Here’s why.BA pics

  1. We’re not all mean girls. You know what I’m talking about. That preconceived notion that BA’s are nothing more than conceited, arrogant women or men. In some instances that be true. But if you get to know us, you’ll see that we are friendly, love what we do, and honestly want to provide you with top-notch skin care and cosmetics advice. If you get to know a particular BA, they will be your friend for life at that counter! They’ll throw some samples in your bag, give you advance notice of special sales and promotions, and let you know when company makeup artists are in town. And, believe me, you do not want to miss that day!
  2. We’re not airheads. A customer once referred to me as one. Not to my face, but as she was leaving my counter. I find your lack of faith disturbing. BA’s are highly trained professionals. Some are even licensed cosmetologists with years of school and training. Cosmetic companies require their BA’s to have multiple, off site trainings throughout the year, including role playing segments (UGH. Just UGH!!!). Regional managers also stop in frequently for additional on-site trainings and product updates. Our clients are the ones who benefit from the knowledge gained through this continuous training.
  3. We’re not just “perfume sprayers”. I also had that lovely little ditty thrown at me before. Do you know how many products some beauty lines have? Besides fragrance? Multiple skin care lines for different types of skin concerns; four or five mascaras that do completely different things; lip products in hundreds of shades, formulations, and finishes; twenty shades of foundations in various formulas; concealers and color correctors; waterproof formulas of multiple products; hair products; and deodorants for crying out loud. Not to mention all the limited edition, holiday promotions, and gifts with purchase. As stated previously in point #2, I am a highly trained professional and not just in perfume.
  4. Can you make me look like Rihanna? While I am completely confident in my skills as a makeup artist, no I cannot make you look like Rihanna. I can try to use similar colors and products on you, but here are the facts. You might be a 40 year old woman with completely different features. I may not have the fluorescent green eyeshadow she is wearing in that picture. And that picture is an advertisement for (insert company name here) that has most-likely been photo shopped and airbrushed. I also cannot make you look like the client that just left my counter. We all look different. Products that work well for one person may not work for you. Companies have different colors and collaborations with celebrities. If you have your heart set on using colors from an ad that you’ve seen in a copy of InStyle, it might be best to try that brand first. MAC will thank you and so will I. I will not be offended.
  5. Don’t let my look scare you away. Please don’t assume that because I look like Snow White’s spinster Aunt that I’m going to make you look the same way. Paler than snow skin, black eyeliner, completely matte face with blood red lips is just my signature look. BA’s have so many colors to choose from, and if you have an idea of what you want to try, say it loud and proud! One of our great joys is to play with different skin tones, face shapes, and individuals that love cosmetics as much as we do. If you want rose gold colors, that’s what we’re going to go for!

You may have noticed that I left out a few controversial BA topics:  sales, sales goals, and pushy BA’s. That may be a future post, if I have the strength. I prefer to keep my blog on the positive Dark Side. That’s not always possible but try I do. Being a BA is a glamorous, fun, sometimes difficult and stressful job but it is also very rewarding. I wouldn’t change 95% of it, except the few things I mentioned today.  Be nice and thank your BA today! Ask the cosmetic department if you can run to the food court and get them a drink! Send pictures and thank you notes after they do your makeup for an event! They will never forget you!

May Product of the Month

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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Retails for:  $10

Available at:  WalMart, Target, Walgreen’s, etc.

I haven’t bought a liquid Cover Girl foundation in decades.  But when I saw their new one advertised and read all the (mostly) positive reviews all over social media, I figured I would give it a try. But now did it work out for me?

PROS     Shade 710 Classic Ivory was the perfect shade for me. The bottle says it’s lightweight, full coverage, oil free with a SPF of 20. Seemed too good to be true for a CG foundation.  However….I absolutely, positively loved this! Perfect for my crazy skin type, which present day can be so oily you can see me shine from the Milky Way, or so dry the Sahara looks comfortable to me.  The coverage is flawless.  It stayed fresh looking all day and did not change color or turn orange on me, as some drug store foundations tend to do. It covered all dark spots and other undesirable things that have no business on my face anymore.  I did use a setting powder afterwards, but that is standard procedure with me.  And it worked well with my Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, so it plays well with others!

CONS    I found it best to apply the product with a beauty sponge, as my foundation brushes left it looking streaky on my skin.  A sponge just gave me more control with the product and gave a full coverage, but not “cake face” look.

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation will most certainly have a place in my rotation of both high end and drug store foundations.  The Force is strong with this one!   It’s a steal for $10 and has truly made me reconsider my opinion of the Cover Girl line.

Beauty Q & A

JDJennifer asked:  What is the proper way to contour your face?

Much to learn, you still have!  A couple of years ago I would have said that this was an unnecessary step, but now I see the major difference it has made on my own face. It all depends on your face shape. This chart is one that I have referenced for years now. I absolutely must contour the sides of my wide nose, my huge forehead (lovingly referred to as my “fivehead”) and underneath my very round cheeks.  Contouring is meant to create a shadow to diminish problem areas, where as highlighting brings areas into prominence. contour (1)

Is it a necessary step?  Not really, unless those areas cause you stress.  I’m partial to two products right now, Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and the Wet n Wild Dulce De Leche Duo.  Both are cult classics, and all you need is a good contouring brush.  With a little bit of practice and good blending you’ll eventually get the hang of it!  And you’ll see what a world of difference it makes!  IMG_3021

 

Thank you Jennifer for submitting your question, may the force be with you!

 

Guest Review

We have a guest blogger in the galaxy today. Jennifer is a decades-long friend that also has a healthy obsession with all things beauty. Read on to see what she thinks about L’Oreal’s new shampoo and conditioner duo! 

Greetings Dark Side devotees.  The DS Diva and I met many moons ago when we were working together on the Death Star.  Since then we have been the most excellent of friends and fierce allies in the pursuit of the best products in the universe.  My evaluation of L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner is as follows. L'Oreal

The Claim:  Instantly purifies oily roots while hydrating dry lengths for up to 48 hours.  “Beautifully fresh, flowing hair from root to tip.”

My hair is normal to oily, thick and mostly straight.  It has just enough waviness to make it interesting, or irritating, depending on the weather conditions.  It is currently shoulder-length, layered, and in desperate need of a trim.  Products that are too rich, creamy, or oily tend to weigh my hair down and make it fall flat.  Some products can be too drying and I end up with static-cling.  So I like rotating my products and am always on the lookout for those that meet my unique mix of hair needs.  I’ve tried a few clarifying/degreasing shampoos before but they’ve always been too harsh or too drying.

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Day 1: off to work!

The Mane Event:  On day 1 I started with the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo and followed with the conditioner.  Both have a pleasant, clean smell that is fresh without being overpowering.  Because I wanted a true feel for the products, I did not use any of my normal leave-in or styling products afterward.  I dried and styled as usual.  My hair felt soft, manageable, and looked shiny.  A few hours later I noticed a warming sensation on the back of my scalp.  It wasn’t itchy or irritating, it just felt very warm but it resolved later in the day.  My messy, layered style held throughout the day.

When I got up the next morning I noticed something very strange.  My hair looked even better than it had the day before.  The messy layers were gently smoothed down into a more sleek style.  I could have skipped washing my hair, it looked that good.  But my OCD kicked in and I shampooed and conditioned as usual before my 12-hour shift at work.  I didn’t use any other products and my hair styled ok but the ends were a bit staticky.  My scalp was hot again this day but it resolved within a few hours.

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Day 3: Snapchat filtered

By day 3 my wet hair was difficult to comb through.  So I went to my arsenal and grabbed Living Proof Restore Perfecting spray.  I sprayed a few pumps on my hair, combed through, then dried and styled.  After a couple hours my bangs looked limp but it was also 80 degrees and humid in the galaxy that day.  If there is a product that defends your style against the schizophrenic Western PA weather, I haven’t found it yet.

I’ve been using L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner for two full weeks now.  The more I use it the better it works, especially when I layer a leave-in or styling product.  This product makes good on its claim – it purifies my roots without drying out the rest of my mop.  My locks feel soft and stay manageable throughout the day.  Today it passed the ultimate test – I walked for 1 ½ hours this morning, in the rain, with a hat on.  Normally such conditions would obliterate my hair, transforming it into a flat, fuzzy blonde nightmare.  But other than my bangs getting slightly squashed by a hat, the rest of my hair looks pretty good.  I definitely plan on purchasing this dynamic duo again and again!

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Day 14: Humid but holding steady